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Mobile Technologies for Delivering Healthcare in Remote, Rural or Developing Regions

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Editors: Pradeep Kumar Ray 1 ; Naoki Nakashima 2 ; Ashir Ahmed 3 ; Soong-Chul Ro 4 ; Yasuhiro Soshino 5
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Publication Year: 2020

This edited book explores the use of mobile technologies such as phones, drones, robots, apps, and wearable monitoring devices for improving access to healthcare for socially disadvantaged populations in remote, rural or developing regions. This book brings together examples of large scale, international projects from developing regions of China and Belt and Road countries from researchers in Australia, Bangladesh, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Spain, Thailand and China. The chapters discuss the challenges presented to those seeking to deploy emerging mobile technologies (e.g., smartphones, IoT, drones, robots etc.) for healthcare (mHealth) in developing countries and discuss the solutions undertaken in these case study projects. This book brings together joint work in mHealth projects across multiple disciplines (software, healthcare, mobile communications, entrepreneurship and business and social development). Bringing together research from different institutions and disciplines, the editors illustrate the technical and entrepreneurial aspects of using mobile technologies for healthcare development in remote regions. Chapters are grouped into five key themes: the global challenge, portable health clinics, sustainable and resilient mHealth services, mHealth for the elderly, and mHealth for chronic illnesses. The book will be of particular interest to engineers, entrepreneurs, NGOs and researchers working in healthcare in sustainable development settings.

Inspec keywords: sustainable development; social networking (online); human factors; innovation management; electronic health records; medical computing; mobile robots

Other keywords: eHealth; social media and health information; drones; portable health clinic; personal health records; medical health innovation; mobile health applications; telemedical education; sustainable development; social drones; remote healthcare; elderly care

Subjects: Medical administration; Biology and medical computing; Information networks; General and management topics; Mobile robots; Social and behavioural sciences computing

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